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Cook22 09-27-2011 06:51 AM

Photo Challenge #140 ~ Under Lock and Key {9/27/11}
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I have a couple more photos I wanted to take for this, but it was a busy weekend and I'm still catching up with things. Our challenge is under lock and key - so any sort of locks and/or keys will do. I don't have as many fancy keys around as I used to because I sent a whole bunch to my autistic nephew at a stage when he was into them. I can remember when I was quite young being fascinated by the tiny little key on a lockable diary my half-sister had.

First two photos are from the house we were staying in during our first week in France - the lock on the front door and some keys hanging on the side of the beam over the fireplace.
(If you want to see the house, there are some photos HERE
The third photo is from an old roll-top bureau I have in our sitting room. It's very dilapidated but great storage space, so I hold on to it every time we move.

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yellowrose46 09-27-2011 07:08 PM

I love your assortment of keys Sabrina. This challenge may be difficult for me, but I'll see what I can come up with.
Glad you had a good vacation. It probably wasn't nearly as hot as my time in Texas was........104 degrees F when I arrived and had highs inthe 90's each day! I'm very thankful for air conditioning!

Cook22 09-27-2011 10:09 PM

Front door key, car key?
I was hoping you'd had a good time. No - it definitely wasn't that hot in France :D (anything much over the mid eighties is too hot for me!), but still it was warmer than here.

armadillo 09-28-2011 10:51 AM

And for me anything below 85 is too cold. I actually have some keys to photograph, just have to get my butt in gear!

armadillo 10-01-2011 10:21 AM

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I finally took a photograph of a pair of old keys that go to my one suitcase. The only reason I thought of photographing them was because of the smiley face on the one side.

Cook22 10-01-2011 10:29 AM

That's a fun pair of keys. To me the little guy on the right is calling out for some enamelling in his cap and tie.
They've been having record-breaking heat in the UK today. I'd have settled for just dry - a little warmth would be a bonus!

armadillo 10-01-2011 10:51 AM

Shut, I don't even know the last time we had rain!

Greywolf 10-01-2011 07:11 PM

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I'm no photographer as you can tell, but I do love looking at the photos in this challenge. And, I do love keys sort of have a fascination with them. My Dad died in 1992 and my Mom in 2003. She kept all his keys, and I've kept all of his and hers. I have a whole boxful of his keys, most of which were to things in his workshop. Some of these are labeled, which helps a little.

Keys 1 The long ornate key goes to a tall secretary/bookcase that goes back to the early 40s and which I have. It holds a lot of my craft supplies. The two tiny keys obviously go to the tiny padlock. One of the thin flat keys (with 3 holes) goes to another metal safe box. I don't know what the other flat key was for.

Keys 2 one thin key to a metal safe box which I have. 1 long ornate key to a china cabinet that goes back to early 40s which I still have. 1 short ornate key to my Mom's cedar chest also going back to the 40s and which I still have. I just figured out that this is the key to it. The two that say "Chateau" with a helmet and an 'X' go to a heavy round padlock. The funny thing is that these keys bend as I tried to show in the photo. The padlock is actually mine so I'm not sure what these are doing on this key ring of my Mom's.

I apologize for the very "unartistic" photos.

Keys 3 a bunch of thin flat keys. 2 to file cabinets; 1 to a jewelry chest; two 3/4 inch keys to a treasure chest bank that had been broken into when I last saw it; the 2 longest to "bank" whatever that means.

armadillo 10-01-2011 07:14 PM

Val, those are some might interesting keys. I used to have similar keys but don't know what happened to them.

Cook22 10-02-2011 12:16 AM

:D, I personally find the photo challenges are as much about the way we look at the world around us as taking a prize-winning photo, Val, so thanks for sharing your keys with us. Those ornate keys are so lovely - they make me think of my chipboard ones, LOL. That's weird, the ones that bend - they made me think of my car key, only thank goodness it doesn't bend :D.
My old sewing machine case locks with a flat one like the ones on the left in the third bunch - my dad had to cut me a new one because when I got it the key was broken.
A whole box of keys must be a fascinating collection of history and memories - a bit like a button box!

Greywolf 10-02-2011 04:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words. I felt like my photos of the keys were more about the story than photography. I'll try to do something more artistic next time. :D

Yes, Sabrina, old keys are a bit like a button box. I used to love going through my Mom's button can, but I don't think I saved many of those. I especially liked the large ones. She used to tell me whose coat this or that one came off of.

yellowrose46 10-03-2011 11:01 AM

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Audrey, I love your key photo.....such a cute face on the key! Val, what a great collection of keys. I love the old ones.
I managed to get a few photos too. I don't have any cool looking vintage keys, so I went in a more modern direction. Photo #1 is a collection of unused keys I have in a drawer and I dropped them into a blue bucket for the photo. Number two is of the car key in the ignition and the last photo is of my key card that gets me into the hospital and the lock box that activates the door.

Cook22 10-03-2011 11:08 AM

Fabulous arty shot with the keys in the bucket, Ina. What a complex looking key card, too!

yellowrose46 10-03-2011 11:13 AM

The front of the key card has my name, photo and title on it, but the photo was taken after working a 12 hour night shift and I'm not too fond of it.....that's why I took a picture of the back,which has all our alarm types listed.

armadillo 10-03-2011 12:21 PM

Ina, I like that shot in the blue bucket.

Greywolf 10-08-2011 05:00 PM

Ina, I like the keys in the blue bucket too. Tres artistiic! ;) I also like how you captured the glint of the sun on the car keyring.

I spent a few hours today going through the manual on CD for my new camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25) and pressing all the buttons to see what all the functions do. It is very out of character for me to read the manual, but it was very educational and I found things that I didn't know were there. This camera does everything except wash dishes! So hopefully I'll take some decent pictures on my vacation next week. I bet I could even take some better photos of keys now.

Cook22 11-07-2011 08:58 AM

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Another photo from this morning - there's a small all-weather playing field beside a local school.

armadillo 11-07-2011 09:38 AM

Interesting lock.

yellowrose46 11-08-2011 06:35 AM

Sabrina, I like that shot....so crisp and clear. I love the weathered look of it, with flaking paint and crumbling cement.

Cook22 03-30-2012 12:13 PM

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They've been upgrading all the train stations along our line recently.
We woke up one night thinking that the dishwasher was grinding itself to bits till I remembered that they were setting new foundations for shelters in the platform that night!
One of the new provisions is lockers for bicycles.
I see they also have charging points for electric/hybrid cars, but I've yet to see one parked there.

armadillo 03-30-2012 12:41 PM

Bike lockers is quite interesting to me since I don't think they have them anywhere in this country. The people who have bikes and ride the one commuter train (built a few years ago) bring their bikes on the train. The buses have a rack in the front for bicycles but I don't think it holds more than a couple of bikes.

yellowrose46 03-30-2012 04:05 PM

I'd love to show that photo to my daughter! They would love to have them in Toronto, I'm sure!

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